It is time for a new approach to family homelessness!
The On Solid Ground Coalition is a cross-sector group of 40+ partners committed to a research-based approach to increasing housing stability and economic mobility for low-income families living in Massachusetts.
CREATING A PATH TO HOUSING STABILITY AND ECONOMIC MOBILITY
Increasing stability and reducing family homelessness requires a four-pronged approach:
- Systems Change: Appoint a Special Secretary to build a coordinated service delivery system across government departments. The coordinated system will support homelessness prevention, minimize cliff effects, and provide integrated case management services.
- Housing: Expand the affordable housing stock and rental assistance vouchers for extremely low-income households; preserve existing privately and publicly subsidized homes; and improve public housing.
- Supportive Services: Invest in services that provide a path to increased incomes and economic mobility for extremely low-income families.
- Tracking Progress: Collect and analyze data, and track progress – at state agencies and their nonprofit partners – toward an agreed upon set of goals related to housing stability and economic mobility.
If adopted and funded, these measures give us our best chance at reducing the number of families who become homeless, shortening the time families live in shelter, strengthening housing and economic stability, and giving at-risk children a better chance at a healthy, secure and successful adulthood.
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